Sacto 9-1-1
July 19, 2013
Woodland man convicted of 2012 robbery, assault

A man accused of robbing a Woodland store and a Sacramento bank has been convicted by a Yolo County jury.

Jurors today found 34-year-old Joey Alfredo Lopez guilty of robbery while personally using a firearm, assault with a firearm, being a felon in possession of a firearm and burglary, according to a Yolo County District Attorney's Office news release.

On June 20, 2012, the owner of the Cigarette Stop in Woodland was talking with an acquaintance inside the store when Lopez, entered, pointed a shotgun at the victims, racked the shotgun and demanded money, officials said. After ordering one of the victims to the ground, Lopez forced the store owner to hand over the contents of the cash register. Before leaving the store, Lopez also grabbed several shirts from a display on the wall.

During the robbery, he reportedly attempted to conceal his face from surveillance cameras by wearing a Raiders hat and hiding tattoos on his arms under a long-sleeved shirt. However, officials said, Lopez wore distinctive shorts, and one of the victims was able to see a tattoo on Lopez's calf.

Less than 24 hours later, Lopez went to the River City Bank in the Natomas area wearing the same hat and shirt. There he passed a note to the teller and made off the more than $1,000 in cash, according to the news release.

Sacramento police tracked Lopez to a residence on Florin Mall Drive, where they found a shirt identical to one stolen form the Cigarette Stop and a shotgun matching the one used in the robbery, officials said. Lopez also was wearing shorts that matched those the suspect was shown wearing in surveillance photos from the store.

Lopez is to be sentenced Aug. 16 by Yolo Superior Court Judge Paul Richardson, who presided over the trial. Richardson also found true that Lopez had been previously convicted of a prior strike for robbery. According to the DA's office, Lopez faces 31 years in state prison.

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